Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that is characterized by the obstruction of airways. When you fall asleep, the soft tissues that are found in airways relax involuntarily, becoming smaller. Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is obstructed by airways that are closed by the tissues.
Although sleep apnea can occur at any age, those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a genetic predisposition are more prone to OSA. Additionally, OSA often affects men over the age of 40. About 45 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can become serious fast. Those with the condition may find themselves with more medical problems as a result. If left untreated, someone with OSA could have a stroke, suffer from a heart attack, or die in their sleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It’s important to know the signs of sleep apnea so that diagnosis and treatment can be given. Some of the common symptoms of OSA are as follows:
- Consistent, loud snoring
- Waking up to breathe
- Headaches that arise in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleeping with an open mouth
- Feeling excessively tired during the day
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, please schedule an appointment with us for a consultation.
Treatment at Hamilton Dental Designs
People may not think that dental treatment is a solution to sleep apnea, but we offer our patients oral appliance therapy at Hamilton Dental Designs. Prior to treatment, Dr. Jose Gil will discuss your medical history and concerns with you. Each oral appliance is custom-fit to each patient for comfort and proper support. The device worn at night is used to properly align the jaw and keep tissues in place, relaxing muscles so that airways are clear. With this treatment, oxygen can flow normally again and patients can finally get restful nights of sleep.
Treat Your Sleep Apnea Today
If you have noticed that you suffer from common symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t hesitate. Get the treatment you need before more medical problems start to develop. Call the professionals at Hamilton Dental Designs at (610) 421-4540. You can also request an appointment with us at our office online here.